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Old 10-17-2014, 04:29 PM   #1
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Water filter canister left on during winterization

I was unable to remove the water filter canister during winterizing with antifreeze. Instead added another 4L of antifreeze to plumbing.

Not convinced the prior water was flushed out with new antifreeze. Anyone else have experience leaving the canister on during winterization.

Note other years I used the blocking plate & gasket to ensure no water in canister.
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Old 10-17-2014, 05:44 PM   #2
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I did it once...I had to throw the filter away a few months later. Nearly completely plugged up.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:01 PM   #3
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what we do is take filter out, and put canister back on, winterize with AF and then take the canister back off, the remaining AF in the canister gets dumped into the sinks so the traps have some AF in them and leave the canister off for the winter.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:40 PM   #4
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What about just removing the filter completely?
Move it outside where it is easier to get to and less likely to water the inside of your unit in the event of a failure.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:43 PM   #5
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Best thing, ditch and bypass the water filter and use an external unit. Never worry about it again for winterizing. First time one comes lose or cracks when hooked up, you'll quickly realize the value of getting rid of it. I'm guessing you're referring to the almighty FR proprietory filter.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:43 PM   #6
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I have never used the filter (still in package from FR). Found when using the bypass plate in the canister there was some leakage if not really tightened. I was unable to undo the canister to replace with the plate/gasket. My concern is how well the AF mixed or replaced the previous water in the canister.

NO3putt do you bypass the canister?
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The TT is up for sale otherwise I would take out the canister and use external filter as mentioned above. (leaving it as it came from the factory)
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Just let the canister fill up with AF until completed running it thru the lines, then remove the canister with AF in it and pour in to traps. Have the filter out when winterizing it.

Had one canister break when leaving water in it during cold weather.
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